n.a narrative, summary, or record of events, decisions, or understandingsa document that contains the results of an investigation or researchYates 1989, 77Reports were the major formal mechanism by which managers and executives at all levels acquired information about what went on at lower levels, information on the basis of which they made decisions for the future. Reports were of two basic types: routine or periodic reports, which were issued at regular intervals to provide information on normal operations; and special reports, which analyzed (usually in response to a special request) a specific problem, opportunity, idea, or physical entity.
Reports1 may be oral or written. They often have a formal structure and prescribed content. They are often produced on a recurring basis to capture changes in information over time. - Reports1, 2 are generally intended for limited distribution but may be formally published for broad distribution.